Former NASCAR Crew Chief Opens Up About the Sport’s Future

Published 06/03/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) races during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports


Without a doubt, many are concerned about the long-term plan for NASCAR. In light of this, former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds spoke about what would happen to the sport in five years’ time. Currently, NASCAR is in its final year with the Gen 6 car and will switch to a Next-Gen car in 2022.

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He said, “I do think the sport is very healthy. Especially as we look across the horizon. Just think about all the young talent that we have right now. Think about Ty Gibbs and what he’s doing in the ARCA and the Xfinity Series. We know he’s probably going to be in the Cup Series in five years or so.”

McReynolds also cited the example of Sam Mayer. In other words, there is a lot of young talent waiting in the wings and it makes the sport ‘healthy’. He also suggested that Hendrick Motorsports could continue its reign and reach or surpass 300 Cup Series wins.

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What else did he say about NASCAR?

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McReynolds also noted that at least four years will pass with the Next Gen car in action. By then, he guessed that NASCAR could employ a new engine, possibly a hybrid. Additionally, he suggested that new manufacturers may throw their hats in the ring, along with new tracks or even street courses.

May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) leads the field on a late restart during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

For now, the sport will be focusing on the current season and seeing out the Gen 6 cars’ final hurrah. From there, they can focus on how the Next Gen cars perform on the track and then take a call. Needless to say, everyone is excited for the cars’ official debut in a racing scenario. These cars are practically an evolution of the current spec and the drivers have to do their best to adapt. One thing is for sure, the 2022 season will be exciting.

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